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An app for protesters who want to keep tabs on the police.

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We’re sorry it’s Monday. Here’s some stuff to cheer you up, brought to you by Re/code:

  1. Events in Hong Kong, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere have highlighted the need for technology that makes it easier for protesters and other citizens to record the actions of local police. Here’s a potential solution: SWAT, a would-be app with a built in “cloud-camera.” Check out the whole story at Fast Company.
  2. Working with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was instrumental in shining a light on America’s massive surveillance infrastructure. Just in time for her new movie (here’s the trailer), she’s the subject of a New Yorker profile by George Packer, which focuses on the surreal and Hollywood thriller-esque story of how she came to meet Snowden, and what her life has been like since the NSA leaks were publicized last year.
  3. This has got to be the weirdest wearable on the market yet: A fitness band that uses small electric shocks to help the wearer avoid bad habits, called Pavlok (like Pavlov, get it?). Read more about it at Wonderful Engineering.
  4. Candidate for headline of the year, from the Associated Press: “Washington man killed by bus at Idaho corn maze.”
  5. For fans of the Marvel summer blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy,” you’ll be happy to know that a Disney-backed animated series is in the works. You can find some footage and more details at Uproxx.

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